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I'm having an awesome issue right now, I cant get the servos to connect to my Win7 laptop so I can calibrate them. The drivers won't install no matter what I do and Teknic support hasn't replied yet.....
 

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Teknic just got back to me there is an installer for the drivers, it comes with the Clearpath MSP software.....

C:\Program Files (x86)\Teknic\ClearPath MSP\ClearPath Port Driver Install.exe

and nothing they told me to do works.....
 
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Teknic responded again..... Told me to change settings on my computer that are already set that way, no progress whatsoever..... It almost seems like they don't want to send me the driver file so I can install them manually..... They are acting like it would be too much for me to handle on my own....

Going to see if they have a phone number.....
 

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After jumping through hoops I finally have the drivers in a zip file from Teknic..... :cool:

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Still not working but Teknic is helping me....
 
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Teknic Tech Support is the best tech support I've had to deal with in a long time! Everything is working as it should! :cool::cool::cool:
 

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I finally back in the shop working on this project..... I'm have to make a plate to mount the gearbox to the servo mount that is on the knee.... Going to rough cut the plate to size and chuck it up in the 4 jaw for the big hole....

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I finally back in the shop working on this project..... I'm have to have a plate to mount the gearbox to the the servo mount that in on the knee.... Going to rough cut the plate the size and chuck it up in the 4 jaw for the big hole....

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You're going to LOVE having the CNC when you are done. I used to chuck up on the lathe to bore out a hole like in your part, or peck away with a boring head on the mill. Now it's a simple CNC mill job.

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You're going to LOVE having the CNC when you are done. I used to chuck up on the lathe to bore out a hole like in your part, or peck away with a boring head on the mill. Now it's a simple CNC mill job.

Bruce
I cant wait!
 

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Awesome job so far! Thanks for sharing your journey, It is very helpful as I am in the process of restarting my CNC mill project.
 

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Just got the servo on the gearbox...
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And now I need to make a new tool for my Atlas Shaper to cut the internal keyways... I need to make the 3/16 keyway a little wider for the metric key...
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I have decided to modify an ER32 collet chuck to make a tool holder for the shaper. I will hold Lathe boring bars with it to cut internal keyways...

I'm going to cut up one of these $20 er32 chucks from fleebay....
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The Old 2hp Motor on my Burke horizontal just let the smoke out last night. Now I have to build a mount for a 5hp Motor that I got for $200 NOS I need to make a bushing for the pulley to fit the new motor shaft.... The madness never ends!!!

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I just got everything I needed to get to hey the piece of garbage spinning again. ..
A 1/4" broach 1-1/8" bushing and and 1-1/2" piece of ductile iron from McMaster-Carr....
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And here are the motors....

Old Garbage 2hp 3ph
Squirrel Cage Induction Polyphase Motor LULWUT?!

New 5hp 3ph
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I'm almost done making the mount for this 184TC frame 5hp motor its all welded up just needs 8 holes drilled to get screwed down to the horizontal mill...

3/4" and 1/2" plate... TIG welded everything...
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I have the Horizontal mill up and running again but OSHA would not be happy with the motor startup procedure..... lol.... I really need a VFD for this machine...

This machine's spindle bearings sound like they hate me.... They definitely need to be changed soon..... The spindle still runs true but the bearings make a ton of noise on start up, but after they warm up the noise stops.... Machine still gets the work done.... :cool:

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If anyone has the chance and space for a Burke or Powermatic Horizontal mill I highly recommend you buy it. It can do anything you can do with a bridgeport except its 100% more ridged

(Powermatic bought out Burke and made this same machine for a while)
 

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I stuck a .625 gauge pin in the 5c spindex and used a 5/8" er32 collet in the holder to cut off the r8 arbor... Then I ground it down to 1" to fit the shaper...

I also Finally installed a new oiler on the surface grinder seen in this picture, but all the lines or caked shut and I need to blow them out or change them...

Do you guys have any ideas for cleaning the tiny copper oil lines? I would rather not have to replace them...

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This was kinda scary at first but it was no problem at all...
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I van was just stolen yesterday so this project might slow down more than it already has.... I lost all my tools for work about $5000 worth....
It was a 2005 E250.... with blue and pink pin striping....
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I van was just stolen yesterday so this project might slow down more than it already has.... I lost all my tools for work about $5000 worth....
It was a 2005 E250.... with blue and pink pin striping....
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Sorry to hear that. Hopefully your insurance company covers everything.

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I just bought that van February 1st for $3000..... and its already gone.... I lost all the tools for work that I have been accumulating over the past 4 years.......
 
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A friend just gave me a set of these... I'm making a set of backing plates to weld these shackle brackets right to my doors... they are going to be 1/4" stainless steel with 3/8" 1045 pins welded in holes that match the shackle brackets and the plates will be inserted inside the sheet metal doors and the pins will be welded to the shackle brackets.... TIG welding everything....
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So how do you think they broke into your van? Saw through the striker to open the door? Curious where those shackle brackets with mount.

Might be worth checking on your home owners policy for some coverage too.

Bruce
 

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It was parked in the street..... I have Crack heads that moved in across the street and they have access to tow trucks.... I didn't see any broken glass.... I have a Friend who buys stolen tools from this Crack head that's how I know he's a junkie.... I'm going to start removing the battery at night and replacing it in the morning....
 

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It was parked in the street..... I have Crack heads that moved in across the street and they have access to tow trucks.... I didn't see any broken glass.... I have a Friend who buys stolen tools from this Crack head that's how I know he's a junkie.... I'm going to start removing the battery at night and replacing it in the morning....
That stinks. On the plus side, I doubt they'll be there for too long. Seems like that life style does not end well.

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That stinks. On the plus side, I doubt they'll be there for too long. Seems like that life style does not end well.

Bruce
I have an account at ADI now so I bought a 16 camera cctv system and I'm going to point 5 of them directly at their house and property.....
 
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